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2:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Africa

Libyan Guns Pour Into Egypt, Sinai Residents Arm Themselves

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 12:04 pm

Ali Madaan, 45, is one of the Bedouin guards protecting the al-Midan station in Egypt's northern Sinai. The natural gas pipeline there has come under repeated attacks.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

The Sinai Peninsula has proven a major security headache for Egypt's military rulers since a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak eight months ago.

Gunmen who crossed over the border into Israel from southern Sinai killed eight civilians in August. In northern Sinai, unknown assailants have repeatedly attacked a natural gas pipeline feeding Israel and Jordan.

But what ultimately may prove more problematic for Egyptian authorities is the growing number of northern Sinai residents who are arming themselves with heavy weapons coming in from Libya.

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2:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Europe

Italy's Parliament To Vote On Berlusconi's Future

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 12:04 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Turns out it's one thing for Italy's prime minister to live a scandalous private life, it's another to do that during a major economic crisis. Silvio Berlusconi is fighting for the survival of his center-right government and he faces growing discontent within his own party over his lifestyle and judicial woes. Berlusconi's called today for a vote of confidence in Italy's parliament. That vote is expected tomorrow. And as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, Berlusconi's political test comes as Italy is engulfed in the eurozone debt crisis.

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2:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Middle East

Foiled Iranian Death Plot Reads Like A Spy Novel

U.S. authorities have charged two Iranians in a plot to kill a Saudi envoy. Steve Inskeep talks to David Ignatius, a best-selling novelist and foreign policy columnist for "The Washington Post," and to Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iran and the Middle East with the Carnegie Endowment, about the plot which sounds like it came out of a spy novel.

2:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Economy

Pa. Capital Harrisburg Files For Bankruptcy

The city of Harrisburg has filed for municipal bankruptcy and is entering uncharted legal waters. Pennsylvania's capital is mired in more than $300 million of debt related to a botched trash incinerator project.

2:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
NPR Story

Romney Camp Is Slow To Attract Former Bush Donors

Republican donor Ray Washburne was a major contributor to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he was the national finance chairman for Tim Pawlenty. But when Pawlenty pulled out of the presidential race, Washburne tells Steve Inskeep that it took some time before deciding to back Mitt Romney's campaign.

4:59am

Wed October 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Corn Maze Baffles Family Of Four

Bob Connors tells the Boston Globe he designed the seven-acre maze in Danvers, Mass., so people would get lost. Apparently it worked because a family of four became completely disoriented. In a final act of desperation, they called 911 from inside the maze.

4:56am

Wed October 12, 2011
History

World's Oldest Running Car Sells For $4.5 Million

In 1887, the French-made motor car La Marquise was in the first automobile race. It is still running. The car got a standing ovation when it was driven onstage at a recent auction, and a winning bid of more than $4.5 million.

2:00am

Wed October 12, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 6:24 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's remember, now, a pioneer for gay rights. Yesterday, on National Coming Out Day, Frank Kameny died.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Mr. Kameny fought in World War II. He earned a PhD from Harvard. He landed a job with the U.S. Army Map Service. And then, in 1957, he was fired for being gay. Frank Kameny sued, and lost, and appealed, and lost. But this was still a landmark case. It was the first federal civil rights claim based on sexual orientation. He also organized a group called the Homophiles.

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2:00am

Wed October 12, 2011
NPR Story

Fact Checking: Latest GOP Debate

Steve Inskeep and Bill Adair, editor of the non-partisan fact-checking web site Politifact.com, truth squad the latest Republican presidential debate held last night in Hanover, New Hampshire.

2:00am

Wed October 12, 2011
NPR Story

Hamas, Israel Reach Deal To Swap Prisoners

The Israeli government and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed to a prisoner exchange. Hamas says Israel will free more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Schalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas militants and held in Gaza for more than five years.

2:00am

Wed October 12, 2011
Middle East

U.S.: Iran Behind Plot To Kill Saudi Envoy

Steve Inskeep talks with Iran expert Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations about the criminal charges filed yesterday against two Iranians — one a naturalized U.S. citizen — accused of plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador to Washington.

2:00am

Wed October 12, 2011
Economy

Economic Progress Lags For U.S. Born Children Of Mexican Immigrants

Since the last decade, there are now more Hispanic children of immigrants in the United States than actual immigrants. That should translate into more progress — educationally and economically. But Steve Trejo, an economist at the University of Texas at Austin, tells Renee Montagne that while the second generation does better than the first, the third generation doesn't fare as well.

2:00am

Wed October 12, 2011
Europe

Does Dexia's Collapse Herald A Wider Banking Crisis?

Until now, the eurozone debt crisis has been confined to countries on the continent's periphery — like Greece, Spain and Ireland. But that may be changing with the collapse of a bank at the core of the eurozone. While some call Franco-Belgian lender Dexia's demise an exception, others say it is a wake-up call for all European banks.

3:20pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Music Interviews

Harry Belafonte: Out Of Struggle, A Beautiful Voice

Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 10:01 pm

Harry Belafonte's new memoir is titled My Song. An HBO documentary about the singer-songwriter and activist, Sing My Song, is scheduled to air Oct. 17.

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To read Harry Belafonte's new memoir, My Song, is to discover a man who has packed enough life for 10 people into 84 years. There's the smash hit from 1956, "Banana Boat Song." There's a film career that made great use of his matinee-idol looks. And then there's Harry Belafonte the activist.

In the 1960s, he was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr.'s. By the '80s, he was helping organize "We Are the World," the anthem for famine relief in Africa.

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7:29am

Tue October 11, 2011
Race

Latinos On TV: Laughing At Culture, Laughing With It

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 5:05 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: With us to listen in on how Spanish has been used on television is NPR's Felix Contreras, producer for NPR's Arts Desk.

And, Felix, when did U.S. audiences start to hear Spanish on the airwaves?

FELIX CONTRERAS: You know, pretty much since the earliest days of the medium. And the most prominent example of this is the show that set viewing records in the 1950s and also featured a character with a thick accent who struggled with English.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "I LOVE LUCY")

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5:54am

Tue October 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Least Active City Mocks 'Men's Health' Ranking

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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5:50am

Tue October 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Decoys Help Utah Nab Violators Who Hunt At Night

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 5:05 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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4:55am

Tue October 11, 2011
Television

On TV, The Black Best Friend Concept Is Growing

On Network TV, there are 27 new shows and nearly all of the main leads are white actors. There is one role on television where minority characters may be on the rise: Black Best Friend. TV critic Eric Deggans says these characters need to be upgraded to well-rounded co-star.

4:50am

Tue October 11, 2011
Animals

Inside Namibia's Communal Conservancies

The southwest African country of Namibia is trying a controversial approach to preserving its wildlife. Rural people control the animals and profit from them. But they have also found they must shoot some of the animals to cull the herds.

4:40am

Tue October 11, 2011
Afghanistan

Report: Afghan-Detention Centers Tortured Suspects

The 74-page report by the United Nationss concludes that suspected Taliban fighters have been subjected to beatings, electric shocks and other forms of torture in some Afghan-run detention centers.

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